Tough Times Require Work

The past few days remind me of the most important life lesson I have ever learned. Tough times require work.

When a problem is encountered it is up to me to find the solution.

Yes, I usually look for the easiest way first. Learning as much as I can, think it through with the realization that unseen deterrents will arise along the way.

The hardest part often is just the getting started.

Once begun the task no matter the difficulty diminishes with every ounce of effort to overcome it. Mistakes will guide me in the right direction.

It is OK to ask for help. I may not be able to overcome a challenge alone.

For me it OK to get angry as that is probably going to occur as it is my nature. Anger may also cause interference to get the job done rapidly.

I accept my fallibility of loosing self control as long as it does not become an obsession that keeps me from the goal I am after. Many times my anger allows me to refocus and move on.

That too is a learned condition of achieving. The long road may not be the quickest one but the one I must travel to get to where I need to be to find resolution.

Blame never accomplishes, it only slows me down. A lesson shamefully I learn again and again. Telling myself to look in the mirror yet again and there lies the answer. Do the work.


What makes me write the gibberish above is sort of a how photographing in far from ideal conditions the past few days makes me enjoy being out more. The challenge to compete with myself and overcome the urge to pack it in and retreat.

This virus that has caused this country so much trouble is natural.

We must accept the challenge.

Look in the mirror to find resolution.

Stop the blame. Get angry. Get over it. Ask for help when we need it.

Do what we can to lesson the mistakes we have already learned.

Accept the difficulty of separation and recognize that it is not going to be easy, fast, or what I want to do but must.

Yet, again. Do the work.

A fire can not burn if it has no fuel. Don’t be the fuel. It is that simple.

It is a hardship we must accept, take the time apart as work required, absence may very well make our hearts grow fonder.

That I can use more of, fondness for others a self-medication, and a blissful cure all….

 

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6 Responses to Tough Times Require Work

  1. ellen says:

    I always like your words of ‘learned through experience’ life. They hit home regularly. As usual the photos are great. The sparring bucks seem determined. The Kingfisher females are bickering, holding their own. The eagles are working hard, busy with the tasks of life, maybe the wisest of all the critters in today’s photos.

    • Jim says:

      Ellen,
      Thank You. The young bucks were trailing a doe as you can see the one trailing her with nose to the ground. They did not do much sparring just a little pushing around. Kids learning the way it looked. It was unusual to see two kingfishers at the same time. First time I recall. The eagles are slowing down on the nest work at these two nests. Both have them now where they will lay down a while in the bowl so to speak. Testing it out it appears. I thought to myself recently the eagles work like me now. When I was younger I could work about all day then rest. Now I work like an eagle work for ten minutes then rest for a half hour…

  2. Nice shots of the young bucks and the kingfisher! It looks like it caught a sardine.
    I agree with what you said, If everyone had paid attention to the scientists from the start this probably wouldn’t be as bad as it is now. I really don’t see why wearing a mask should be such a big deal.

    • Jim says:

      New Hampshire Gardener,
      Thank You. I think it was a stickle back minnow but the shot not good enough to tell for sure. Same here or keeping distance and limiting time in close proximity with others. Time I think to take it in to our own hands and do what is right. Never needed a leader to tell me that. I once got the flu on a short day trip with friends. I felt fine when we left in the morning by the time we headed home in the afternoon I new I had fever and flue like symptoms. All were sick within the next two days. I knew then that I was the spreader…

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